When I review a budget for a renovation, I often see that flooring is the second biggest budget item next to the kitchen. If you are familiar with the beauty and durability of many modern flooring products and finishes you should do some research to re-calibrate your expectations.
The amazing new porcelains, factory hardwood finishes, and quality site coatings are all worth knowing about before beginning to narrow your choices. Does a new wood product float or is it nail-down? And did you know there are companies that replicate traditional oak floors with mahogany border trims? I encourage you to consider a floor complementary choice carefully, too. For example, your research may uncover options for transitions that come with a flooring product.
An ill considered choice may result in an undesired height change or a speed bump transition strip. If you are retaining your existing mouldings, how will these meet the new floor? Will a shoe-mold be required? Will it match the floor or will it be finished to match the mouldings? Your designer will help you to make choices and to put the right amount of forethought into flooring so you all be sure of a seamless installation.